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Rights and responsibilities


By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

When I was quite young and wanted to talk about my rights and freedom, my mother said you can’t have rights and freedom without responsibilities. No one’s freedoms include the right to take someone else’s rights. Every right or freedom comes with a responsibility.

The right to live in a democracy comes with the responsibility to be informed and participate. If you will not accept that responsibility you do not deserve democracy. If government does not function correctly it is because we citizens allow it not to. The purpose of government is to improve the quality of life of the citizens and to do things in the common interest that individuals are unable or unwilling to do on their own. This implies a focus on the common good and long term thinking. Individuals and businesses are by nature self-interested and focused on short term gain. Government must act as a counter balance.

Unfortunately, government has been largely captured by big business and a few wealthy and powerful individuals who want to manipulate OUR government for their gain. It is our responsibility to create the political revolution that will take back OUR government. Our right to self-government has the responsibility of activism. Ignorance and apathy are the real enemies of democracy. Those in power are depending on our apathy to maintain the status quo.

There is a hierarchy of rights. We typically think of rights to free speech, religion, voting etc. But more basic than that is the right to clean air, water, healthy food, nature, beauty, privacy, and justice.

From an evolutionary perspective, success is not merely survival; it is survival of future generations. Since we will not be around to protect future generations, what we can do is pass on an intact ecosystem that will allow for their survival. This responsibility is called stewardship.

“Take care of the land, and it will take care of you. Take what you need from the land, but need what you take.” Aboriginal Law

Of course we must also limit growth to what our ecosystem can support. This is antithetical to capitalism which demands continuous growth and privatizing the commons to allow exploitation to maximize return on capital. This policy benefits only a few because most citizens have little to no capital. Is it time to consider planet over profit and people before profit?

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R-P community continues to support our school leaders

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues of Rushford, Minn. As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written abo ..... 
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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark

By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in ..... 
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